Santa Monica’s Rebecca Pidgeon segues from actress to singer-songwriter with ease

By Michael Aushenker

Rebecca Pidgeon is reluctant to discuss her upcoming TV series.

“At the moment, I have my head in the music space,” she said. “I’m certainly feeling much more serious about music than I have in the past.”

“Bad Poetry,” Pidgeon’s ninth solo album, drops Oct. 7. She is supporting it with a Sept. 18 return to Witzend, an intimate Venice listening room where she has often performed.

While a majority of people may recognize Pidgeon for her acting, her music career has a long history that dates back to the 1980s with the folk rock group Ruby Blue. Pidgeon made her solo debut in 1994 with “The Raven” and quickly followed up with “The New York Girls’ Club,” “The Four Marys” and three more albums in the 2000s.

She recorded 2012’s “Slingshot” and last year’s “Blue Dress On” as her husband of 23 years, writer David Mamet, worked on and finalized his controversial HBO biopic “Phil Spector,” which starred Al Pacino.

Pidgeon’s new album, created with longtime co-writer David Batteau and guitarist Tim Young, represents a departure for the singer-songwriter:  “It’s more electric, more of a rock record. I want it to be more of a let-my-hair-down kind of album,” she said.

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